On Monday, authorities stated that a federal immigration official shot and injured a man in Chicago while attempting to arrest another person in the city.
This is a time of fear nationwide among immigrants in the United States. It was not clear if immigration officials were attempting to arrest someone on Monday morning due to their immigration status or if the person was being sought on other charges, which is an important key distinction.
The Trump administration has conducted immigration raids across the country since he took office. Trump vowed to speed up deportation hearings and enlarge the pool of those who could be deported.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a statement that appeared to suggest the arrest might not have had anything to do with a person’s immigration status. However, they declined to confirm this.
The ICE stated that agents with its Homeland Security Investigations arm, which has a broad mandate covering numerous types of crimes, “attempted to make an arrest” when a second person “pointed a weapon toward agents,” which resulted in the special agent discharged his firearm and shooting the individual, injuring him.
The ICE didn’t disclose who it was attempting to arrest or why, the agency’s spokesman refused to say if Monday’s warrant involved someone in the country illegally or facing possible deportation.
A law enforcement official familiar with the incident, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the man who was shot was the father of the person being sought
The injured man has been described by police as a Hispanic man who was shot in his “extremities” and said he was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
Chicago police officers will now investigate the shooting that took place. The investigation will only focus on the shooting itself and not whether the use of force was in accordance with the standards of ICE or its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security. The ICE stated that it would launch an internal review of the shooting.
What does the ICE do?
ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations branch is tasked with identifying, detaining and removing people in the country illegally while the other half of the agency is under the Homeland Security Investigations branch, it’s tasked with investigating everything from drugs and weapons smuggling to thefts of international antiquities. It also investigates commercial fraud and is dedicated to finding and returning stolen items to Iraq since the 2003 war.
Recently, this branch has been investigating a narcotics ring, cocaine trafficking and child pornography, and was also involved in the investigation that indicted Philadelphia’s district attorney on counts of bribery, extortion and wire fraud.